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Summerfield graduating class of 2014,
Quest University Graduate 2018

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WELCOME TO SUMMERFIELD WALDORF SCHOOL AND FARM

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Request our information packet and tell us about your child. We offer preschool through high school Waldorf education on our beautiful 38-acre campus and farm in Sonoma County. The school was established in 1974 and is the only school in the state with a working Biodynamic farm on its campus.

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Come and see first hand the richness and depth of Summerfield’s curriculum where experiential learning builds students’ capacities. Experience a day in the life of Sonoma County’s oldest independent school, where academic excellence is cultivated and inspired learning takes place daily.

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Thank you for considering Summerfield Waldorf as you embark on the journey of choosing a school for your family. Summerfield is uniquely positioned to engage its students and faculty, creating a learning environment that fosters the awakening consciousness and abilities of students academically, socially and artistically.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

CNN: Time in Nature can Spark a Lifetime of Curiosity

Being outdoors helps children develop the curiosity that is the essence of science later in life. This time in nature helps students cultivate their independence, imagination, and sense of wonder, while helping them feel less stressed, and more confident in themselves. That’s why our farming and gardening program, along with outdoor education and play, are core components of Summerfield's curriculum.  For a little peek into our students' experience outdoors, read Miss Catherine's Messenger article, Our Rosebud Mornings in the Natural World and Farmer Dan's November Melodies [...]

Inc.com: The 5 Skills You and Your Kids Need to Be Robot Proof

As artificial intelligence creates economic disruption, what skills will students need to be successful in the future? Being able to see the bigger picture and do complex systems thinking. Emotional intelligence, including empathy and intuition. The ability to dream up creative new ideas. The ability to build, test, and refine your ideas. And most importantly, the ability to learn new things and adapt to new situations. These are the skills that Waldorf graduates are known for and that we help them develop through our joyful, holistic, [...]

Edutopia: How Multisensory Activities Enhance Reading Skills

Children learn in many different ways. That’s why it is so important for teachers to bring concepts through multiple senses. At Summerfield, we teach science through stories as well as outdoors in nature and in the lab. We jump rope, stomp, build, and even bake and eat our math. We teach literature through theatre. We sing our history and languages. We do all this because it helps us reach more children, more deeply, in a way that they love and remember. Jean Piaget, the revolutionary Swiss [...]

At all stages of education, Summerfield’s curriculum is designed to develop not only the student’s mind but also their character. It develops empathy, collaboration, and shared responsibility between students, teachers and the world around us, cultivating openness to possibilities and a sense of stewardship. Course content focuses on giving students an in-depth understanding of the subject at hand while providing them a context to work on themselves as emerging individuals.

Meaningful Learning

Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm teaches students to be creative, critical thinkers with a strong moral compass, who are open and resilient, and can turn challenges into possibilities. This approach to learning integrates the arts with academic rigor, and experiential, hands-on activities. Students are provided with the opportunity to take risks, think imaginatively and embrace new opportunities with initiative, creativity, and resilience.

Creative, Critical Thinking

Summerfield is accredited by both AWSNA (the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) and WASC (the Western Association of Schools and Colleges). The courses offered exceed the University of California’s admissions requirements, and Summerfield students score consistently high on SAT scores for Sonoma County while enjoying acceptance at the colleges and universities of their choice. Summerfield high school students engage in a comprehensive study of a variety of disciplines.

A Proven Path to Success

Watch this brief video to learn more about our school.

Our Programs

Early Childhood

Our early childhood program provides children with a calm and joyful experience filled with magic and reverence.

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Lower School

The lower school curriculum is dynamic and diversified, offering humanities, mathematics, science and the arts.

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High School

The high school curriculum inspires students to be active in their own learning and understand how to educate themselves.

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Alumni Testimonials

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